In Photos: Arab world premiere of Canadian Cherepaka dance at Downtown Contemporary Arts Fest
Ahram Online, Sunday 11 Mar 2018
Cherepaka, dance and contortionism inspired by the paintings of Francis Bacon, is performed 10 and 11 March as part of ongoing D-CAF events in Downtown Cairo


Canadian Cherepaka by Andréane Leclerc is the first dance performance staged within this year's Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF), an event that kicked off 8 March and continues until 29 March, bringing a large assortment of artistic expressions to Cairo's Downtown.

The peformance takes place 10 and 11 March at the American University in Cairo (AUC) Falaki Theatre.

The 55-minute-long highly creative fusion of contemporary dance, contortionism and new circus arts, Cherepaka is part of the festival's performing arts section.

The show is a dance performed by Quebec native Andréane Leclerc, inspired by the paintings of Francis Bacon and the essay Logic of Sensation by Gilles Deleuze, a work in which the writer explores novel concepts related to art, aesthetics, and sensation through a close study of Bacon’s work.

According to the event's promotional material, "Cherepaka represents the tension between the human quest for eternity and the death of its animal flesh."

The show made its premiere at the Contemporary Circus Festival in Chicago in January 2014 and has since toured the world. It's presence within the D-CAF programming marks the Cherepaka's Arab world premiere.

Check the D-CAF's full programme here

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